from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long-legged, swift-running wild cat (Acinonyx jubatus) of Africa and southwest Asia, having tawny, black-spotted fur and nonretractile claws. The cheetah, the fastest animal on land, can run for short distances at about 96 kilometers (60 miles) per hour.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A distinctive member (Acinonyx jubatus) of the cat family , slightly smaller than the leopard, but with proportionately longer limbs and a smaller head; it is native to Africa and also credited with being the fastest terrestrial animal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A species of leopard (Cynælurus jubatus) tamed and used for hunting in India. The woolly cheetah of South Africa is Cynælurus laneus. It runs very fast in short spurts while hunting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. long-legged spotted cat of Africa and southwestern Asia having nonretractile claws; the swiftest mammal; can be trained to run down game
Hindi cītā, from Sanskrit citrakāyaḥ, tiger, leopard : citra-, variegated + kāyaḥ, body.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Hindi चीता (cītā, "leopard", "panther"), ultimately from Sanskrit चित्र (citra, "multicolored", "speckled") (akin to Old High German haitar ("bright") > German heiter; Old Norse heiðr) + काय (kāya, "body"), thus "having a spotted body". (Wiktionary)